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From Minnesota to Montana, technical colleges are training students to serve agriculture

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Agricultural packages at technical colleges in Minnesota and Montana are striving to get students into the workforce to fill a myriad of jobs obtainable on the farm and within the business.

Students at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota, for instance, who graduate with a two-year affiliate diploma from the favored agribusiness program are employed by agricultural retail firms the place they work in gross sales or customer support, mentioned Curt Yoose, Ridgewater College agriculture teacher.

Meanwhile, students who graduate in farm operations administration, which is also one other one of many 9 agricultural packages provided at Ridgewater College, use the abilities they be taught on their very own household farms or managing farm operations.

About 40% of students graduating from Ridgewater College agricultural packages are returning to the farm and about 60% are working within the agricultural business, Yoose estimated.

Most of the students who enroll on the two-year faculty achieve this as a result of they just like the hands-on expertise they garner there, he mentioned. Besides specializing in giving students the chance to get sensible expertise, Ridgewater College goals to join students to the agricultural business by internet hosting excursions and audio system and thru area journeys, Yoose mentioned.

ADawn Nelson, agriculture program supervisor and animal science teacher at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, additionally works to give her students interactive experiences by touring to working farms to allow them to apply the abilities they’ve discovered. If that’s not doable, the students watch demonstrations on the farms.